As a plus size person, I know how difficult it can be to shop for clothes. Believe me, just this week I ordered two pairs of jeans that didn’t fit properly: the struggle is very real.
No matter where you are in Canada, nobody wants to struggle while shopping. Some online retailers have figured out that more and more people want fun, affordable, and exciting clothes while offering more in-depth and descriptive sizing charts. But if online shopping is just not your thing, more bricks and mortar stores are opening up to better serve us.
Here are the top 12 places to shop for plus-size clothes in Canada, online and offline!
Premme is the brainchild from plus size influencers Gabi Gregg (aka Gabi Fresh) and Nicolette Mason. The clothing line, which comes in sizes 12 – 30, is stylish and inspirational. It’s everything fat babes (like me) have been waiting for in a plus-size line, and more. The line functions in a drop model, so you have to stay tuned to their Instagram for the latest collections and once it’s gone, they rarely (if ever) re-stock.
When I first started shopping for my plus-size body, I took a leap of faith with ASOS Curve. To be honest, it is still one of my go-to retailers for its consistency and for its great styles. This online giant also not only carries its in-house like (ASOS Curve) but has some bigger lines like PrettyLittleThing, Boohoo, and Junarose. Plus, the sales are always lit.
So here’s the deal: if major celebrities like Chrissy Metz, Aidy Bryant, and Rebel Wilson are rocking Eloquii, then I figured I had to try it out. The brand, which goes up to a size 30, offers everything from dresses to jeans to tops. Recently they have tapped fashion designer Jason Wu to create a capsule collection which was incredible. I love this site for business wear and beautiful evening attire. Be forewarned: they love a good cold shoulder.
If you’re a fat babe searching for basics and haven’t been able to find them, look no further. And Comfort launched in April 2018 and their brand is a wonderfully minimalist lineup of wardrobe staples. The best part? The line goes up to size 28 and doesn’t break the bank. Take all my money!
If the clothes at And Comfort aren’t quite your style, then might we suggest Universal Standard. This minimalist clothing line is the O.G. when it comes to fat babe clothing and has teamed up with everyone from J Crew to Rodarte for collabs. The clothing line offers basics for every body in sizes XXS-5X and more recently, added a New York City store to their roster and I’m obsessed.
I honestly don’t know why it took me so long to check out online plus size boutique, Navabi. But honestly, it is pretty great. It has a huge selection of top quality clothing lines, similar to ASOS, sizes ranging from 14 to 30. But, babes on a budget, be warned: this site is spendy. They have done lots of capsule collections with plus-size influencers like Danielle Vanier and Bethany Rutter, but pieces started at $100.
The OG when it comes to plus size fashion in Canada. At some point or another, we’ve all probably shopped at Additional Elle. They offer some fashion-forward pieces that range from sizes 12-26. I’ve gone here for everything from jeans, dresses, and activewear. Pro tip: always check out their sales rack.
Looking for some great work basics that don’t break the bank? Joe Fresh is it! From everyday basics to stylish and modern separates, the plus-size line goes up to a size 22 and never goes over $50. It’s perfect for those looking for an affordable and fashionable way to dress for work.
While on a trip to Montreal, I dropped into Oppen’s to check out its stock. The shop, owned by Bev Oppen, has been opened for over 20 years. Offering sizes 12 to 24, Oppen’s offers trendy pieces from designer labels from France and Canada. On my visit, the shopkeep was super friendly and more than willing to help me find what I needed. Totally worth a visit
If you’re in Western Canada and looking for plus-size clothing, this is the place to go. Owned by husband and wife team, Bill & Marilyn Booth, they wanted to fill the void in plus size market. Seven stores later, they are carrying brands like Joseph Ribkoff, Columbia, and Eileen Fisher and offering up to size 24 on a huge selection of top quality clothing.
Victoria McGroarty has a hard time finding plus-sized clothing she actually wanted to wear, so in 2011 she did the unthinkable, and opened her own shop. Gussied Up is a beautiful and inclusive boutique that carries Junarose and Joseph Ribkoff, to name a few. Pieces are carried in a size 12 to 24, with prices varying from $50-$200. Victoria makes every visit special, walking you through the process and introducing you to pieces you didn’t think you’d try on.
When Carlie Roberts wanted to clean out her closet, she started a huge swap event in the Guelph region for plus-size folks called Consign Your Curves. The popularity of the event grew, and Roberts turned her idea into the largest plus-size consignment shop in Canada. On any given day, people can find clothes from size 12 to 34 in a variety of garments like everything from jeans, dresses, bathing suits, blazers, and more.
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